Thursday , 23 May 2019


Research scholar dies in IISc lab blast

BENGALURU: A research scholar died and three others were injured in a hydrogen cylinder blast at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) here on Wednesday, police said. Research scholar Manoj Kumar (23) succumbed to severe burns after a hydrogen cylinder exploded in the Institute’s aerospace department laboratory during an experiment, Additional Commissioner of Police B K Singh told reporters here. Three of the victim’s injured colleagues were rushed to a private hospital. “The incident occurred late in the afternoon in the department lab when the team was conducting an experiment in hypersonic shock waves,” said Singh. Police have registered a case against the state-run institute to ascertain the cause of the blast. “We will investigate the case after interrogating the department’s faculty and those involved in the experiment to find out how the blast occurred,” added Singh. IANS


Woman politician escapes assassination bid

IMPHAL: Gita Haobijam, General Secretary of the Manipur People’s Party (MPP), escaped an assassination attempt on Tuesday night, police said on Wednesday. Though the front of her house was riddled with bullets, no one was injured. Police have registered a case. IANS


Haryana STF arrests criminal in Gurugram

GURUGRAM: The Haryana Special Task Force (SFT) arrested a criminal having a Rs 50,000 bounty on his head, police said on Wednesday. STF Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Satheesh Balan said Ravinder alias Rabbo was a resident of Hodal town in Palwal district of Haryana. In his late 20s, he was arrested from near Gurugram’s Kamla Nehru park. “The accused was wanted in a number of cases, including attempt to murder,” Balan said. A pistol was seized from him. IANS


Himachal CM blames neighbouring states for drug trafficking

HIMACHAL PRADESH: Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur on Wednesday blamed neighbouring states for drug trafficking in the state. He said most of the drug-related cases registered in Himachal Pardesh were from neighbouring states. “Since Himachal Pradesh shares its border with five states, drug peddlers are quite active in our border districts. Most cases registered against drug peddlers were from neighbouring states,” he said at a state-level rally in this industrial town in Solan district. He said it was on the initiative of the state government that a meeting of Chief Ministers of neighbouring states was held recently in Chandigarh to chalk out a joint strategy against drug abuse. He added that the initiative proved to be a success as several drug peddlers were arrested due to sharing of information. IANS